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Former Trump appointee running for Congress in New Mexico

Jan 8, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Trump appointee who resigned after a probe into a tribal loan program he oversaw is running for Congress in New Mexico. Documents filed with the U.S. Federal Election Commission show that Gavin Clarkson is seeking the Republican nomination for a seat that represents a district along the U.S.-Mexico border. The campaign later confirmed in a statement that Clarkson was running. The Washington Post reported that Clarkson resigned from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in November following a harsh Inspector General report into the loan program he directed. That report alleged the BIA's division of capital investment did not have adequate controls and managed the loan program with limited oversight. Clarkson is New Mexico State University business professor and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.